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A pair of shorts spoke to me today and it was magical. They said, “Kirsty, be a modern day Native American girl for Halloween.” And in response, I bought feathers and leaves and painted stripes on my face.
“Modern day Native American girl”.
Do you have any concept of what that means? This is a rhetorical question, it’s clear you don’t.
We still exist, by the way. You probably wouldn’t be able to pick us out of a crowd though, if you think we walk around in feathers and leaves and paint on our faces. Maybe you’d look at us and think, “Puerto Rican” or “Asian” or “Black” or “White”. I mean, without those identifying markers (feathers/leaves/face paint) I guess you could wander around your whole life thinking we’re all dead and gone.
Modern indigenous people dress like——and maybe you need to sit down for this shocker——well, we dress like everyone else. So maybe your ‘Halloween costume”, wherein you decide to dress up as an ethnicity not your own (bad idea to begin with) could consist of a pair of Adidas shoes, some jeans, and a hoodie….because THAT is much more legit than your idea of what we look like.
This has been a PSA to all the people out there who don’t seem to grasp the concept that their costume ideas are fucking stupid and based on racist stereotypes.
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Fixed the tags for you.
Pretty sure this is like my favorite picture in existence…
That’s a damn shame.
Now it’s in the Hall of Shame.
Real indigenous people sort of hang out here on the #native american tag. You might not have known that. In the future, when you want to tag something like this #native american, realise that we’re going to see it, and we’re going to comment. If you don’t like that, reconsider your tags.
I fixed those for you, btw.
Feast your eyes on clueless hipsters, unoriginal photographers and models, shitty tattoos and crappy ‘art’ based on racist stereotypes.
Or you know. Don’t. Because it’s fucking unreal.
Hundreds of ignorant photographers slap on a headdress on ignorant models and click away and get reblogged over and over again by other ignorant settlers…I wonder if this could possibly in any way impact how non-natives think of us? Oh no, gosh that’s too much of a stretch, isn’t it?
Like expecting you people to do even the bare minimum of research before you pull this shit.
Okay, lets clear up this up because it’s getting old:
Inuit is not a value neutral term for native arctic peoples
The term eskimo was one given by European colonizers of the Americas to natives in the arctic to differentiate them from other native Americans (Don’t ask me why). In recent times the term Inuit has widely replaced it as somehow the more accurate, less offensive term. The only problem is, it isn’t. Inuit are merely the most populous native arctic group and then only in north America (You know, excluding all the asian arctic peoples). And then only relatively recently because they supplanted and replaced other native arctic cultures. There are at least two other non-inuit peoples in Canada (According to wiki anyway, I am no expert).
I’m trying to think of an equally offensive label as calling all arctic peoples Inuits. It’s like calling Koreans and Vietnamese people Chinese or calling people from Iran and Pakistan Arabs.
So first off, don’t call all native peoples in the arctic Inuits. They maybe Metis, or hell, they may even regard themselves as Canadians.
This however is even more dumb when Watertribers are called Inuits. It’s not an ethnicity but a culture. Avatar takes place in a totally different world so saying Korra is an Inuit is like saying Zuko is American.
So yeah, stop doing that.
Also note that the water tribes have lots of metal items (Inuits have very few because the only metal availible is small amounts from meteors and even then they couldn’t forge it) and large wooden sailing boats (Inuits only had small boats made from skin and no sails). Perhaps the correspondance between real world cultures and the ones of Avatar aren’t quite as clear as some people would like to make out.
(Disclaimer: I am no expert, if you can prove me wrong I’ll gladly offer a retraction).
This is…a bizarre rant, and I’m thankful for the disclaimer and offer to retract this.
What I’m going to say has nothing to do with the fandom in discussion, because the only thing I know about it is how much people on tumblr apparently love it.
So. What you think you know about the labels indigenous peoples have for ourselves is completely wrong.
There are three recognised indigenous groups in Canada (as an example, since we have a large Inuit, yes Inuit population in this country). They are: First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
Inuit is absolutely the correct term for those living in the Arctic. It is actually their name for themselves here. There are some few groups who live nearly as far north, such as the Gwich’in (Dene, First Nations), but in general, the Arctic is Inuit territory. First Nations and Metis peoples are further down south.
Based purely off the pictures I have seen of Korra et al, it is strikingly obvious that the way they dress is based on Inuit garb. Loosely, mind you, but it’s very distinct.
Some more info:
Inuit is the plural, Inuk is the singular.
It is not correct to say that using the term Inuit is akin to lumping together Koreans and Vietnamese as Chinese. There are various Inuit dialects, but they are mutually intelligible.
I have nothing to say about the cartoon beyond this, and my focus was on the misleading information about the term Inuit.
Здесь нет власти денег и силы бога, есть лишь мудрость Духов и люди, единые с ними. 53°18′ 0″ N, 66° 33′ 0″ E – земли “краснокожих”.
People laugh sometimes when I rant about tipis and totem poles being displayed together despite coming from extremely different (and geographically separated) nations…I think they believe I’m exaggerating. Except I’ve seen everything from children’s toys to shit like this and no, I really am not making this up. Unfortunately.
I’m sorr you have issues
The product of hard work and glue for a week. Purple fingers forever.
The idiot who made this has issues. Racism and colonialism issues, with a side of ignorance and disrespect.
Hi. When you tagged this #native american, did you understand that native americans are actually on the internet, and that we check the #native american tag pretty often to get news and to share resources? Did you realise that we would see this picture? Di you realise that we’d look at the ‘warpaint’ on your cheeks, the cheesy dream-catcher, the crappy little headdress you’re holding…did you realise we’d see this and have thoughts about it?
Can you guess what thoughts we have about this?